Poverty and Human Rights

The Poverty and Human Rights Roadshows 2011

BIHR celebrated the culmination of two years working in partnership with organisations tackling situations of poverty in the London area in a series of Poverty and Human Rights Roadshows that took place in London, Manchester and Cardiff in March and April 2011. The events showcased the work of the pilot groups and offered opportunity to discover more about how rights can become a valuable tool in advocacy, campaigning and facilitating responsible decision making. The Roadshow events report will be published online shortly.



The Poverty Project has now finished and these web pages are currently under development. For information on our current projects please contact us on programmes@bihr.org.uk or 0207 882 5850



Poverty and Human Rights Project 2009 - 2011

BIHR has been funded by the City Parochial Foundation, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to provide support to six London-based voluntary and community sector organisations that are working with and for people facing poverty or social injustice. The support aimed to help organisations use human rights to strengthen their voice and influence with national and local policy makers. Both during and after the project BIHR has examined what works in order to draw out learning and tools for a wider range of groups to use.

Since May 2009 BIHR has supported participating groups to:

  • build awareness, skills and knowledge in human rights
  • build awareness of how human rights can be used to influence a policy maker or public body to make changes to a policy or practice
  • develop and deliver human rights based influencing activities (campaigning, lobbying, advocacy) on a specific issue/area relevant to their community or group

Information on the six organisations that participated in the project can be found by following this link and more information on their progress including successes and challenges will be updated on these web pages shortly.

A leaflet introducing the project, identified issues to work on and participating organisations is available for download here.

BIHR News Winter 2009



 A special issue newsletter showcasing human rights and antipoverty work in the UK featured interviews from all six participating organisations who discussed the impact that human rights training was already having in their lives was also commissioned for BIHR's Poverty: A Human Rights Issue. Winter Newsletter 2009.




Human Rights and Poverty Roundtable 2008

In January 2008 BIHR held a roundtable meeting in partnership with Oxfam, Amnesty UK and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to explore the relevance and potential of human rights for poverty eradication in the UK, identifying opportunities for further dialogue and collaboration. This discussion was attended by a range of individuals and civil society organisations working in the fields of human rights, poverty or both, with a view to exploring and sharing each others’ perspectives.

The report from the meeting can be downloaded here.

Also available is a pre-briefing paper prepared for the meeting by BIHR and Oxfam.

How can I find out more information or get involved?

For information and any queries on our poverty work please contact programmes@bihr.org.uk

This project has been generously supported by